president obama himself. it was so self-evident to him that he was incompetent, that this president was a fluke, that his support had just faded away and that the anti-obama forces were so heavy that it was going to be a cinch. you didn't need to speak up when this whole thing was going on, because obama was such an idiot, he had to lose. that's the moment they are now in. how could that world view have been wrong? you don't need to invest in people, you don't need to put ads up if you're going against an incompetent president. >> it's fascinating reading this globe stuff, because in a way there are no surprises in it, meaning the romney campaign turned out to be as ridiculous inside as it appeared to be from the outside. there was no -- there was nothing surprising going on in there. richard wolf, executive editor, and joy reed, managing editor, thank you for joining me. >> thank you. coming up, i'm actually going to finish my christmas shopping right here on tv. that's right, i haven't finished, but on-line shopping. guess what i'm going to buy on line as gifts for my friends and coworkers? take a guess. am i? i guess i am. the only one who didn't finish christmas shopping by the close of business christmas eve. but there's internet shopping, and i'm not going to finish it tonight but get some done before the show is over. a little late christmas shopping right here on live tv, and "the rewrite" is coming up next. ok, did she seriously just say that? geico. just click away with our free mobile app.